Thursday, June 28, 2018

Today's Quote: Harry W. Yeatts Jr.

time grants the chance
for hard humiliations
to morph to soft humblings.
~ Harry W. Yeatts Jr.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Elizabeth Steinglass

Mistakes can be life lessons, like learning where not to take a nap, and learning about giving new things a chance, as you can see in the two poems IMPERFECT poet Elizabeth Steinglass shares today. The second one is a mashup of William Carlos Williams' This Is Just to Say and Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. Fun!

napping by a tree
with a stack of unsold hats
those rotten monkeys

Give me back my hats!


This is just to say

I would not eat
the eggs and ham
you offered
so many ways

and which
you had probably
for me

Forgive me
they were delicious
though green
and cold

ELIZABETH STEINGLASS lives in Washington, DC with two of her children (a third has flown the nest), her husband, and her sleepy cat, Scout. Her book Soccer Nonsense is forthcoming from Boyds Mills Press. You can also read her poetry in magazines and anthologies, including Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, both edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. For more information, visit

Today's Quote: David Whyte

Text: All friendships of any length are based on a continued, mutual forgiveness. Without tolerance and mercy all friendships die.
~ David Whyte

"Three Friends" by William H. Johnson courtesy Smithsonian Institution.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Losing as a Tool

Bobby Bones has a new book called Fail Until You Don't. He says:

“I wrote this book to be the opposite of Instagram. On Instagram, you look and see all the beautiful things people are doing all of the time. I wrote this book to show the opposite: most of life is not about all the wins, actually most of life is the rough spots and failures that get us to the wins.”

Sunday, June 10, 2018

1-10-100 Rule

The 1-10-100 Rule is something that companies think about, so it might not seem like it would have much to do with our daily lives, but...

The 1-10-100 Rule says that the cost of a mistake goes up the farther that it goes. If a company is making a car seat, for instance, and they catch a mistake in the design, they might lose some money (whatever it takes to redo the work). That is "1" in the Rule. But if they didn't catch the mistake there and they started making the car seats and THEN they realized the problem, they would lose ten times as much money as if they caught it earlier (that's the "10"). If the mistake hadn't been discovered at the manufacturing stage and they actually sold the car seats and later realized the problem, recalling the car seats would cost much, much more (that's the "100" in the Rule). So being careful and taking your time can save a lot of problems down the road. This is true for many situations.

It's not only money at stake

Let's say you're writing a paper and you pick a topic that doesn't match what the teacher has asked for. You don't realize your mistake, but if you figured it out before you started writing, it would be a "1" in terms of "cost" (inconveniencing you). It would only inconvenience you a little. If you figured it out while you were planning your paper and taking notes, it would be a "10" -- some inconvenience. If you didn't figure it out until you wrote the whole paper, that would be a "100." Checking things early on, and then double-checking, can save you a lot of inconvenience. Can you think of anything else where, the earlier you figure out the mistake, the less of a problem it is?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Diane Kendig

Louisa Lane Drew as Mrs. Malaprop

IMPERFECT poet Diane Kendig wrote a clerihew for the blog about a character whose name became synonymous with a certain type of mistake.
Richard Sheridan
created this harridan
in Rivals, his play
where she mis-speaks all day.

A bit of info:
The word "malapropism"...comes from a character named "Mrs. Malaprop" in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 play The Rivals. Mrs. Malaprop frequently misspeaks (to comic effect) by using words which don't have the meaning that she intends but which sound similar to words that do.

Sheridan presumably chose her name in humorous reference to the word malapropos, an adjective or adverb meaning "inappropriate" or "inappropriately", derived from the French phrase mal à propos (literally "poorly placed"). [Wikipedia]

DIANE KENDIG'S five poetry chapbooks include the most recent Prison Terms, and she has also co-edited the anthology In the Company of Russell Atkins. A recipient of Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry and other awards, she has published poetry and prose in journals such as J Journal, Under the Sun, and Ekphrasis. She blogs at “Home Again” (, and her website is

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Today's Quote: Mary Lee Hahn

I was thankful for a new day and the chance to fail better than I did the day before.
~ Mary Lee Hahn

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Liz Garton Scanlon

IMPERFECT poet Liz Garton Scanlon shares a haiku here about a charming mistake maker.

Oh, no -- dropped a thread
and my sorry web now reads
OME PIG. Poor Wilbur!

LIZ GARTON SCANLON is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer, as well Another Way to Climb a Tree, In the Canyon, Bob, Not Bob (co-authored with Audrey Vernick), and several others. Ms. Scanlon serves on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a frequent and popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Logic Mistakes

Sometimes the kinds of mistakes we make have to do with our thinking going awry. For instance, there's the "sunk cost fallacy." That's when we've put effort and time into something so we feel like we have to keep going with it, even though it's not in our best interest to do so. Like let's say we wait for a long time at a restaurant... we can tell that the restaurant is having a horrible night and they've run out of the food we wanted to eat, but we stay there instead of going somewhere else because we've waited this long already.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Buffy Silverman

thin ice
photo by mfortini

IMPERFECT poet Buffy Silverman writes about backpacks and origami in the anthology; here she talks about a potentially dangerous mistake:

frozen pond speaks with
warning cracks and groaning creaks...
skating on thin ice

it's less of a risk for these folks
photo by Yutaka Seki

BUFFY SILVERMAN is the author of 90 nonfiction books for children, featuring topics from Angel Sharks to Alligators, and Mars to Monster Trucks. Look for her nature-inspired poetry in anthologies and children's magazines, and visit her at